Program

Join us online everywhere for three days of stellar talks, lively panels, small-group connections, and virtual social antics. Not gathering in person is the worst, but finding ways to be together no matter what is the very best!

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Oct. 21: Live broadcast schedule

9:00 a.m.–9:10 a.m. CST
Welcome to Button!
Kristina Halvorson
Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic
9:10 a.m.–10:20 a.m. CST
Keynotes and conversations
10:20 a.m.–10:50 a.m. CST
30-minute break
10:50 a.m.–11:50 a.m. CST
Small-group sessions (Zoom rooms)

Meet new friends, grouped by industry and interest. (Sign up during the conference.)

11:50 a.m.–noon CST
10-minute break
Noon–1:00 p.m. CST
Panel: Button Book Club

Join host David Dylan Thomas as he leads a roundtable discussion with fellow authors and leaders in our community. Word nerds unite!

David Dylan Thomas
David Dylan Thomas

Design for Cognitive Bias

Scott Kubie
Scott Kubie

Writing for Designers

Torrey Podmajersky
Torrey Podmajersky

Strategic Writing for UX

Andy Welfle
Andy Welfle

Writing Is Designing

Michael Metts
Michael Metts

Writing Is Designing

1:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m. CST
Downtime and watch parties

Here’s some time to chill out, catch up, and check out the library of pre-recorded talks. Select speakers will host watch parties during these times—we’ll announce when and where!

3:15 p.m.–3:50 p.m. CST
Quarantimes: Self-care against all odds

2020! Why is it? Come hear fellow attendees share how they’re surviving These Unprecedented Times™, with coping mechanisms ranging from meditation to mini-trampolines. (Yep.)

3:50 p.m.–4:00 p.m. CST
10-minute break
4:00 p.m.–4:35 p.m. CST
Keynotes and conversations
4:35 p.m.–5:10 p.m. CST
Fireside chat with Aarron Walter

Tune in as Kristina Halvorson interviews Aarron Walter (author, Designing for Emotion and VP of Content, InVision) about how we make human connections through design.

Aarron Walter
Aarron Walter, InVision
Kristina Halvorson
Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic
5:10 p.m.–5:15 p.m. CST
Day 1 wrap-up
Kristina Halvorson
Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic
5:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m. CST
Downtime and watch parties

Here’s some time to chill out, catch up, and check out the library of pre-recorded talks. Select speakers will host watch parties during these times—we’ll announce when and where!

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. CST
International Tour of Libations

Join this unconventional happy hour as we toast the first day of the first-ever Button with beverages in every time zone.

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Oct. 22: Live broadcast schedule

Times TBA
Watch parties around the world

With Button attendees in every time zone, we’ll be hosting watch parties on your clock!

9:00 a.m.–9:10 a.m. CST
Button Day 2 kickoff
Kristina Halvorson
Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic
10:20 a.m.–10:50 a.m. CST
30-minute break
10:50 a.m.–11:50 a.m. CST
Small-group sessions (Zoom rooms)

Meet new friends, available by industry or interest. (Sign-ups happen during the conference.)

11:50 a.m.–noon CST
10-minute break
Noon–1:00 p.m. CST
Panel: Ethics, bias, and responsible design

Join Stephanie Lucas, Jane Ruffino, Candi Williams, and Crystal Yan as they tackle some of the deeper challenges of our work.

Stephanie Lucas
Stephanie Lucas, LinkedIn
Jane Ruffino
Jane Ruffino, Character & Södertörn University
Candi Williams
Candi Williams, Nationwide Building Society
Crystal Yan
Crystal Yan, Remitly
1:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m. CST
Downtime and watch parties

Here’s some time to chill out, catch up, and check out the library of pre-recorded talks. Select speakers will host watch parties during these times—we’ll announce when and where!

3:15 p.m.–3:50 p.m. CST
Quarantimes: Your stories, told by you  

Gather round the digital campfire to hear fellow Button attendees share inspiring and maybe even hilarious stories from their work and lives..

3:50p.m.–4:00 p.m. CST
10-minute break
4:00 p.m.–4:35 p.m. CST
Keynotes and conversations
4:35 p.m.–5:10 p.m. CST
Fireside chat

Join Kristina for a one-on-one conversation about communities of practice with Mario Ferrer (Senior UX Writer, Skyscanner).

Mario Ferrer, Skyscanner
Kristina Halvorson
Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic
5:10 p.m.–5:15 p.m. CST
Day 2 wrap-up
Kristina Halvorson
Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic
5:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m. CST
Downtime and watch parties

Here’s some time to chill out, catch up, and check out the library of pre-recorded talks. Select speakers will host watch parties during these times—we’ll announce when and where!

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. CST
Button Trivia Extravaganza

Wind down for the day with all your new friends! Test your knowledge of important UX minutiae and low-stakes nonsense.

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Oct. 23: Live broadcast schedule

Times TBA
Watch parties around the world

With Button attendees in every time zone, we’ll be hosting watch parties on your clock!

9:00 a.m.–9:10 a.m. CST
Button Day 3 kickoff
Kristina Halvorson
Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic
9:10 a.m.–10:20 a.m. CST
Keynotes and conversations
10:20 a.m.–10:50 a.m. CST
30-minute break
10:50 a.m.–11:50 a.m. CST
Small-group sessions (Zoom rooms)

Meet new friends, available by industry or interest. (Sign-ups happen during the conference.)

11:50 a.m.–noon CST
10-minute break
Noon–1:00 p.m. CST
Panel: Design leadership in 2020

Join Marissa Phillips, Jacqui Frey, Tina O’Shea, and Andy Welfle as they discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of leading product content teams in 2020.

Jacquelyn Frey
Jacquelyn Frey, MailChimp
Tina O’Shea
Tina O’Shea, QuickBooks
1:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m. CST
Downtime and watch parties

Here’s some time to chill out, catch up, and check out the library of pre-recorded talks. Select speakers will host watch parties during these times—we’ll announce when and where!

3:15 p.m.–3:50 p.m. CST
Quarantimes: The Button Amateur Hour

Music! Laughter! Weird people tricks! Come enjoy the hidden gifts of your fellow Button attendees and speakers.

3:50p.m.–4:00 p.m. CST
10-minute break
4:00 p.m.–4:35 p.m. CST
Keynotes and conversations
4:35 p.m.–5:10 p.m. CST
Fireside chat with Jess Sand

Join Kristina and Jess Sand (independent UX & Content Strategist) to explore how technology and content are helping to build non-extractive economies in which content-driven platforms contribute to community resilience and more equitable systems.

Jess Sand
Jess Sand, independent
Kristina Halvorson
Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic
5:10 p.m.–5:15 p.m. CST
Until we meet again
Kristina Halvorson
Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic
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On-demand library talks

Content and design systems
Jared Meyer
Jared Meyer

Content Strategist, Expedia

Good services: Building user-centered organizations at scale
Lou Downe
Lou Downe

Director of Housing and Land Transformation, UK Government

Tackling wicked problems: UX research and content strategy in higher ed
Tarah Dykeman
Tarah Dykeman

UX Researcher and Content Strategist, University of Colorado, Boulder

User and task analysis for UX writing
Kavita Singh
Kavita Singh

Digital Experience Manager, NVIDIA

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